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    About Free_CountryGirl

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    • Gender Female
    • Interests I love Horseback riding, family, cooking, hiking, biology, friends, and college :)
      I'v been gluten free since 11/21/10
      My family keeps plenty of gluten items around the house, and I'm struggling with CC, since my family/household will not go gluten-free with me.

      Major symptoms were:
      ~extreme fatigue
      ~abdominal pain, gas, bloating- over all sick feeling
      ~vertigo only when I closed my eyes
      ~rapid weight gain

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    1. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Scared & Confused   

      I would suggest getting checked out for Ulcerative Colitis. Bleeding in stools is a common symptom of UC, and UC can be mistaken for Celiacs. Good luck!
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    2. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Poll- How Tall Are You?   

      I'm 5'3" 17 years old, diagnosed this year. I think celiacs did stump my gowth, as I was expected to be around 5'6" and I grew like a weed when I was younger.
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    3. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic For Those Of You With Soy Allergy...   

      huh, interesting. You know I think the thing I'v learned the most is: nothing is absolute. What works for one person doesn't always work with the next.
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    4. Free_CountryGirl added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      For Those Of You With Soy Allergy...
      does soy lecithin and soybean oil bother you? I was pretty sure I had read somewhere that soybean oil and lecithin are NOT suppose to bother people with soy allergy, but I am sure both bothers me. Maybe I am wrong, and that soybean oil is also bad?

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    5. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Gluten And Soy Free Food? Help!   

      Wow, you know I hadn't even thought of tuna having soy in it! Thankfully I havent had tuna in a few weeks
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    6. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic I Know This Is Completely Off Topic Sry   

      I haven't heard of paper ever making someone sick. I agree with Dixiebell, check thoroughly to make sure he is in no way getting cross contamination. Does he wash his hands before he eats at school? Does he eat food that has directly touched a glutened counter? Things like that. Also, have you tested for other food intolerances? I have celiacs and a soy allergy, and my soy symptoms are very very similar to a glutening, just not as severe typically. Try cutting out soy for a few weeks and see how he does.
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    7. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Gluten And Soy Free Food? Help!   

      Oh my goodness THANK YOU everyone!! really, it was all so helpful, and made me feel like my future in food is a lot less bleak The food ideas sounded yummy, I'm excited to try them! I really needed a change.
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    8. Free_CountryGirl added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      Gluten And Soy Free Food? Help!
      Does anyone have any suggestions for packaged gluten and soy free foods? Besides Larabars? It's not that I don't like those, but I'm trying to lose weight and the calories and sugar just arent good for my waistline

      Any recipe/cooking advice would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm getting very tired of my usual yogurt, turkey, chicken, apples, strawberries, carrots and a few other veggies. I sort of had a major meltdown yesterday when I went to Uno's Chicago Grill, who I know is good about gluten free/food accomadations, and after reading through the ingredients of every possible menu item, I could only have one thing...and only one of the sides (who knew they put soy on french fries? and broccoli???!) I hate to admit it, but the thought of such limited food opptions and difficulties for the rest of my life (i'm only eating/socializing can be a nightmare)was hard to swallow. Admittedly, I went home and, like a baby, had a good cry and moped around for a good hour or so. *sigh* I just get very frustrated with having to life inside such a "box" per say. I know it's only food, but it isn't the lack of food that bothers me so very much, although it does suck, but the unfair limitations I have when it comes to socializing and such. Anyways, thanks for listening to my vent and crying confession.

      Thank you SO much in advance for any food help!
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    9. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic I Hate Food..   

      I hate to say this, but it sounds very much as though you are on the fast track to anorexia. Celiac disease actually inadvertantly caused me to become anorexic and then bulimic for about 2 years, before I discovered I even had celiacs. The fear to eat, even though it's not because you are afraid of gaining weight, enjoying unhealthy weightloss, extreme fear and anxiety, angry about your "lack of control" describes an eating disorder to the T. Please, you must get help right away, but I will tell you from experience now, in the end it's only you who can save yourself before things go too far, and it is only you who you need to fight. Stop this track now before it gets too out of control, because while things may not seem too bad at the moment, I can promise you life with an eating disorder is sheer hell.

      I don't know how you feel about God, but I strongly suggest looking towards religion for guidance and strength. Coming from someone, me, who has "been there done that" it was in the end God who brought me out of my deep depression and prevented me from eventually committing suicide.

      Message me if you ever need advice or help or someone to talk to

      Please reach out for help asap. I know it may seem like I'm over-reacting, but I know how eating disorders and other paranoias creep up so quickly, stealing away someones life.
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    10. Free_CountryGirl added a comment on a blog entry Meats, Tuna, Chicken And Turkey   

      i'm a tad confused, is the food listed, without note, gluten free or contains gluten? Thanks!
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    11. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Sudden "d", Advice Needed   

      Thank you everyone. I'm going to make an appointment for the Dr.'s, even though my docotor is crap and never believed me when I thought I had celiacs. Maybe now she'll listen! LOL. Anyways I'm going to make an appt. to get tested for dairy and soy allergies, it's just easier this way since I tend to eat the 2 in conjunction.
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    12. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Sudden "d", Advice Needed   

      Thank you guys! Esp. Txplowgirl, your post makes me feel a little less crazy
      Yes i am going to do a kind of elimination diet, where basically I'm going to just eat fruits, veggies, and meat for about 3 weeks, allowing time for my body to get things cleared up at least a bit, then I'll slowly introduce dairy, starting at low amounts to higher dairy foods. I think if I don't have any symptoms/reactions to dairy, and my problems have cleared up on a whole foods diet, I won't test soy. It seems pretty clear to me that if my issues go away and dairy turns out to not be a problem, then it was soy causing my reactions. Those protein bars that i mentioned that have a lot of soy, well i havent eaten those in a good 2 or 3 weeks, and today was the first time iv had one in a while, and bam I feel awful. I think i'll permanently stay away from chex as well.

      Thanks everyone!!
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    13. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Sudden "d", Advice Needed   

      Well it depends, but for example today I had a protein bar (looots of soy) 2 squares of chocolate, and some gluten-free cereal that has soy. And i have been eating chocolate almost every day lately, not really sure why, terrible cravings. And when I had the cereal last night I also had a similar reaction that I had today. Normally i have yogurt and whatever else for a snack. Not sure if the yogurt has soy, but I don't think so.....
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    14. Free_CountryGirl added a post in a topic Sudden "d", Advice Needed   

      As a side note, I'v been eating choclate quite a bit in the past week, which I usually don't have, and I'v heard chocolate contains soy? anyways just thought I would add that info.

      My sysmptoms for whatever it is that I seem to be allergic to are heart palpitations(not nearly as bad as when i eat gluten though, thank god), stomach cramps, blotaing, malabsorption BM's, and overall weak, gross feeling.
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    15. Free_CountryGirl added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      Sudden "d", Advice Needed
      Usually when i get glutened I have constipation, never the big "D". Well I have been learning to go gluten free, and while it hasn't been long, I have been feeling a bit better! I'm having BM every day now, buuut...they aren't quite...right. It's very almost like D (sorry for the TMI!) every afternoon I'll have a snack, and then after a bit a get sharp stomach pains and some bloating (none of the other gluten symptoms) and then the D-like BM about 5 min later. I'm sorry if it is TMI, but for anyone who finds it helpful to know....the BM's are definitely a lighter color than normal, and while they have shape it looks very...peicy? I don't quite know how to describe it, except for I think food isn't being digested properly because it looks as though there is some food partially digested in it....gross I know :/

      Anyways, my question is, for anyone who has a soy allergy, did something like this happen to you? I ruled out fructose malabsorption because I eat an apple a day and haven't had this problem before, only just this past week, although I suppose it's still possible it could be FM. If it doesn't sound like a soy problem, could it be that my body isn't processing gluten-free products properly? I don't eat a lot of them right now because I know you arent suppose to in the begining, but I do eat Chex cereal (gluten free). I don't think it could be lactose intolerance because while I often have yogurt for a snack, I didn't today, and I still got the "D" like BM.

      All personal experiences or opinions/advice is welcome! Thanks so so much for reading this icky personal post
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